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Using Picture Books to Teach Characterization in Writing Workshop

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Using Picture Books to Teach Characterization in Writing Workshop

Grades 3 – 5
Lesson Plan Type Standard Lesson
Estimated Time Two 50-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Sharon Roth

Sharon Roth

Urbana, Illinois

Publisher

National Council of Teachers of English

 

Lesson Plans

Student Interactives

Calendar Activities

Professional Library

 

LESSON PLANS

Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

Authoring an Epilogue That Helps Our Characters Live On

This lesson uses One Green Apple by Eve Bunting to teach how characters change across a text. It will also guide students through writing an epilogue to accompany their independent book.

 

Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

Picture Books as Framing Texts: Research Paper Strategies for Struggling Writers

Students use picture books as framing texts for research, freeing them from the language of encyclopedia sources and allowing them to focus their attention on the content of their papers.

 

Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

Using Picture Books to Teach Setting Development in Writing Workshop

Students use a graphic organizer to analyze setting development in picture books. They then apply what they have learned to their own writing.

 

Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Unit

Using Picture Books to Explore Identity, Stereotyping, and Discrimination

Students analyze the concepts of identity, stereotyping, and discrimination by reading picture books; identify how these concepts are dealt with in each book; and discuss concrete actions to stop discrimination.

 

Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

Using Picture Books to Teach Plot Development and Conflict Resolution

Students read picture books to explore the concepts of plot development and conflict resolution. They first learn about the connections between reading and writing, and then revise their own writing.

 

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STUDENT INTERACTIVES

Grades   K – 12  |  Student Interactive  |  Organizing & Summarizing

Story Map

The Story Map interactive is designed to assist students in prewriting and postreading activities by focusing on the key elements of character, setting, conflict, and resolution.

 

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CALENDAR ACTIVITIES

Grades   1 – 9  |  Calendar Activity  |  April 20

Celebrate author Mary Hoffman's birthday today.

Students write original picture books based on their own aspirations and dreams and share with the class or with younger students.

 

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PROFESSIONAL LIBRARY

Grades   K – 6  |  Professional Library  |  Book

Wondrous Words: Writers and Writing in the Elementary Classroom

Katie Wood Ray explains in practical terms the theoretical underpinnings of how elementary and middle school students learn to write from their reading.

 

Grades   8 – 12  |  Professional Library  |  Journal

Using Children’s Literature to Spark Learning

Presents two brief articles--the first discusses purposes for using children's picture books in a secondary classroom, activities for children's literature, and integrating children's books into the classroom curriculum; and the second discusses using folktales in the classroom to engage reluctant readers and writers, suggests ideas/topics for folktale writing projects, lists writing prompts, and recommends folktales.

 

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